Last year, members of Congress addressed seatback failures, a major safety
problem present in millions of vehicles. During rear-end collisions, seats
in these vehicles may launch backwards into other occupants. More than
100 people in the United States, most of whom are children, have been
killed by seatback failures over the last three decades. Seatback failures
have also caused
traumatic brain injuries and
spinal cord injuries. Federal lawmakers have called on automakers to fix this problem before
more people are catastrophically injured or killed.
Federal standards that regulate seat strength for vehicles sold in the
United States were created during the late 1960’s. The National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has kept this standard in
place. Automakers have known about seatback failures for decades. General
Motors’ even fought lawsuits during the early 1990s over injuries
involving seatback failures. Almost three decades later, seatback failures
are still ruining lives.
Major automakers, such as Honda, General Motors and Audi have manufactured
vehicles with this safety problem.
Have Lawsuits Been Filed for Seatback Failures?
In 2012, a Texas boy suffered a traumatic brain injury after his father’s
seat crushed him during a rear-end accident. The boy’s family sued
Audi and secured a $124.5 million jury verdict. Additional product liability
lawsuits involving seatback failures have been filed against automakers
over the last several decades. In 2004, two Tennessee parents who lost
their 8-month old daughter to a seatback failure were awarded a $106 million
Washington DC product liability lawyers at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC have an extensive record of helping people
harmed by defective products.